- Associated Press - Thursday, January 29, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - An explosion and dramatic fire at a south Tacoma, Washington, auto parts shop prompted fire crews to temporarily evacuate businesses near one of the main gates to Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s McChord Air Field.

The fire sent up a towering cloud of black smoke.

The News Tribune reports (https://is.gd/8QqinW ) that West Pierce Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Jenny Weekes said no one was hurt Thursday afternoon at the Pick N Pull shop.

She says one vendor told fire officials the explosion started in a storage tank. Weekes says he reported he was operating a nearby gas pump when the tank exploded, tossing him into the air. The spokeswoman says medics checked the man, who appeared unhurt.

The fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. and contained by about 5 p.m.


Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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